For me it is mostly wild animals that I particularly looked forward to see, and it's a thrill when you finally see them through your binoculars (or in the case of Beech Marten for me, through your car window!). For zoo animals the list of much, much shorter, though I had very memorable and long-awaited encounters with, for example, Aardwolves, Shoebills, Bird-of-Paradise, Spix' Macaws, Tarsiers, Egyptian Plover, Spider Tortoise, Beluga and Sunda Gharial. Of course, there were a few "zoochatter favourites" that I was rather anxious to meet in time. Think of Baby the River Dolphin in Duisburg, the last Red-shanked Douc in Köln, the Trompet Manucode in Berlin, Walsrode's last Sickle-billed Vanga and the last Eastern Lowland Gorilla in Antwerp, all of which I saw. There were, naturally, also a few painful missers. I was incredibly lucky to have grown up visiting the fine Dutch zoos, and despite my parents not being overly interested in animals we had one or a few zoo visits every year. I saw many species that could easily feature on these lists long before I was a fully-fledged zoo enthusiast, like darters, klipspringers, manatees, okapis, capuchinbirds, ringtails and walrus, to name but a few that I have fond memories of. Frustratingly, there are several species that I know were in zoos I visited at the time, but I have no memory of seeing - including Rotterdam's Sea Otters and a myriad of birds in Veldhoven.